Abundance Cafe – opening Aug 15

Announcing the Opening of Abundance Café – the ultimate local food experience

Sat August 15, 10am -4pm at Djanbung Gardens

Nimbin’s first café specialising in local food, Abundance Café, will open on Saturday August 15th,  10am-4pm at Djanbung Gardens. The opening celebration will feature live entertainment with Brommers and Sara McCafferty, both former students of Djanbung Gardens.


Abundance Café is a new local permaculture business, located at Djanbung Gardens, started up by Melian Fertl, artisan chef, to showcase the diversity and abundance of our local Nimbin and Northern Rivers produce with 90% of the food sourced within 90 kms of Nimbin. Our subtropical climate supports the local production of a diverse range of temperate and tropical fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the year, plus some of Australia’s best coffee, dryland (rain-fed) rice, biodynamic grains, grass-fed dairy and specialty goat and cow cheeses, local olives and olive oil, and free-range grass-fed meats.

From August 15, Abundance Café will regularly open every Saturday from 10-4pm for local coffee, home-made cold drinks, refreshments and lunches in the beautiful garden setting.  People doing the Saturday 11am guided tours will receive a voucher for the cafe to refresh after the walk. In addition to the regular Saturday cafe, Melian will soon be hosting special random fine food evenings and events. Music and entertainment manager, Andrew Anderson, Melian’s partner, will be organising a great program of local music for café open days and events.

Melian Fertl, artisan chef, Abundance Cafe at Djanbung Gardens
Melian Fertl, artisan chef, Abundance Cafe at Djanbung Gardens

Abundance Café, in partnership with PCA and Djanbung Gardens, will be available for bookings as a venue for private functions and workshops. Melian is also producing a range of local conserves and products to sell at the Nimbin Farmers Market and Food Co-op.

Melian spent nine years in Melbourne, doing her chef’s apprenticeship then working as a qualified chef in some of Australia’s leading fine food restaurants — including at Neil Perry’s famous Spice Temple. Melian returned permanently to Nimbin three years ago to establish a local food business, permaculture café, and assist her mother, Robyn Francis, at Djanbung Gardens. Melian now manages the garden production systems and caters for courses at Djanbung and has been working towards her vision of a local food permaculture café.

Now her dream is finally coming into fruition “I’m passionate about local food and supporting the local food industry. I’m inspired by the amazing diversity of top-quality local produce in our area and excited about bringing some creative seasonal dining to share with the community and visitors to our special bioregion.”

Contact Melian for special bookings on  Ph 02-6689 1755       www.abundancecafe.com.au

Abundance Café is located at Djanbung Gardens, 74 Cecil St, Nimbin, just a 5 minute walk from the main street.



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